99+ Best Poverty Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational poverty quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Poverty Quotes

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread. — Charles Caleb Colton

I founded Grameen Bank to provide loans to those considered traditionally unbankable. Grameen Bank works with the poorest and often illiterate, providing uncollateralized micro-loans for tiny business enterprises by which they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. — Muhammad Yunus

The poverty here is real, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. If you can help them gradually take those steps out of poverty, you’re going to fix many things. — Pamela Atkinson

A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and – at some point – finality of judgment. — Warren E. Burger

There was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty — Andrew Cuomo

And sometimes people don’t realize that 90 percent of the persistent poverty counties are located in rural America. — Tom Vilsack

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. — Benjamin Franklin

Physical hunger and physical poverty is something I could only imagine. I’ve been poor when I was in China… As kids we never had to starve, but just didn’t have enough meat, enough rice. — Joan Chen

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Of course I am frustrated with regard to extreme poverty, to violence that never seems to cease. — Roger Moore

In their poverty, the mentally handicapped reveal God to us and hold us close to the gospel. — Henri Nouwen

It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over. — Jerome K. Jerome

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself. — Samuel Johnson

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. — Plato

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil. — Samuel Johnson

We can’t end poverty if we fail to save the lives of our world’s mothers. — Liya Kebede

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible. — Michel de Montaigne

Of those who die from avoidable, poverty-related causes, nearly 10 million, according to UNICEF, are children under five. They die from diseases such as measles, diarrhoea, and malaria that are easy and inexpensive to treat or prevent. — Peter Singer

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. — St. Francis

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes. — Khalil Gibran

For those who are able to work, work has to be seen as the best route out of poverty. For work is not just about more money – it is transformative. It’s about taking responsibility for yourself and your family. — Iain Duncan Smith

We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create. — Paul Hawken

Early marriage is most prevalent in communities suffering deep, chronic poverty. — Helene D. Gayle

Oh, the little more, and how much it is! And the little less, and what worlds away. — Robert Browning

The persistent and growing high level of child poverty reflects conscious and misguided choices, … How can the Bush Administration and Congress give enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans who have benefited most from the economic recovery while threatening to cut the budgets for Medicaid, Food Stamps and other programs that assist poor children who continue to be left behind? — Marian Edelman

Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that’s where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care. — Paul Farmer

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. — James A. Baldwin

Poverty makes you wise but it’s a curse. — Bertolt Brecht

Corruption is Africa’s greatest problem. Not poverty. Not lack of riches. Not racism. — Dennis Prager

Groups that rose from poverty to prosperity seldom did so by having their own racial or ethnic leaders to follow. — Thomas Sowell

Social Security is meant to be – to make sure that no one who’s worked hard and played by the rules and paid into the system grows old in poverty in America. — Chris Christie

I left Xerox for the non-profit sector because it was clear to me that only public/private partnerships can pull off a turnaround plan at the scale we need to tackle global poverty. — Anne M. Mulcahy

Poverty breeds despair. We know this. Despair breeds violence. We know this. In turbulent times, isn’t it cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out of potential enemies than to defend yourself against them later? — Bono

You see, the poverty program for the last five years have been buy-off programs. — H. Rap Brown

I work in a very tough area of Britain. There is not much hope sociologically where I live and work, they’re all sorts of conditions of poverty and deprivation and so on, I really do believe that the message of the kingdom of God is for places like this. — N. T. Wright

It’s as if we live in a house which has a vast treasury in one of its rooms. Only we’ve forgotten about it. So, instead of living a life of royalty, we go about in poverty. — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India. — Pranab Mukherjee

Richness in the world is a result of other people’s poverty. We should begin to shorten the abyss between haves and have-nots. — Eduardo Galeano

When you come from desperate poverty, and that’s exactly what I come from, you know that nonsenses are not to be tolerated. I’m not sure who gains from chaos, but I know it’s not the poor folks in the council flats. The politics of vindictiveness is never, ever anything like a solution. — John Lydon

The poverty program was not designed to eliminate poverty. — H. Rap Brown

You may feel overwhelmed by your own poverty and the labors of the day. But if you decide not to wait until you have more strength and more money, and if you pray for the Holy Spirit as you go, you will, when you arrive, know what to do and how to help someone even poorer than you are. — Henry B. Eyring

I avoid going through places where there’s too much poverty. — Loretta Lynn

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free. — Victor Hugo

There is something about poverty that smells like death. — Zora Neale Hurston

Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope, some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. This administration declares unconditional war on poverty in America. — Lyndon Johnson

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

My poverty is not complete: it lacks me. — Antonio Porchia

The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life. — Ted Turner

I think people in Botswana are pleased that my books paint a positive picture of their lives and portray the country as being very special. They’ve made a great success of their country, and the people are fed up with the constant reporting of only the problems and poverty of the continent. They welcome something which puts the positive side. — Alexander McCall Smith

My state has the highest child poverty rate in all of New England, above the national average. — Patrick J. Kennedy

Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin. — Desiderius Erasmus

To deal with these problems – of world population and hunger, of peace, of energy and mineral resources, of environmental pollution, of poverty – we must broaden and deepen our knowledge of nature’s laws, and we must broaden and deepen our understanding of the laws of human behavior. — Herbert A. Simon

I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn’t know it then. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation. — Khalil Gibran

When we take our eyes off the whirl of day-to-day activity and concentrate on honoring Him and following in His way, we find a consistent peace that carries us through both plenty and poverty. — Charles Stanley

The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty. — Sophia Loren

Fortunately, I have money that’s from my life’s work. But it’s money that I share and used greatly to fight poverty in my country. — Vicente Fox

Although they are some of the hardest working folks I know, rural Americans earn, on average, $11,000 less than their urban counterparts each year. And they are more likely to live in poverty. — Tom Vilsack

The persistence of poverty in Tanzania, especially in the rural areas, is cause for concern. — Ibrahim Lipumba

We respect the position of the CBCP in regard to the mining issue although we believe that the revitalization of the mining industry presents as a major viable alternative in the effective abatement of poverty in Mindanao. — Romeo Serra

Growing economies are critical; we will never be able to end poverty unless economies are growing. We also need to find ways of growing economies so that the growth creates good jobs, especially for young people, especially for women, especially for the poorest who have been excluded from the economic system. — Jim Yong Kim

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live. — George Bernard Shaw

False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth. — Hesiod

What this data shows is that New York has the greatest gaps between wealth and poverty in the country. — Frank Mauro

Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance. — Jonathan Swift

I have always had a horror and detestation of poverty. — Taylor Caldwell

The poverty that you see at such an in-your-face level, and so much of it, gets really tiring. You get up and drive to work in the morning, and every day four little girls come up to you and beg for money. — John Anderson

When you look at statistics for the white community alone, you see that we’ve become two separate worlds in which the successful are educated and wait to have children until they are married, and those in poverty are primarily those without higher education and with children outside of marriage. — Rand Paul

It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me. — Little Richard

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. — Benjamin Franklin

What keeps me up at night is poverty and unemployment. — Abdallah II of Jordan

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty. — Rainer Maria Rilke

I remember my dad came from Ireland and Scotland, and so he carried with him the fear of poverty. So when I wanted to break loose, it kind of made him very nervous. — Robert Redford

We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet. — E. M. Forster

When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn’t know it had a name. — Lyndon B. Johnson

If we didn’t have Social Security, our seniors would live mostly in poverty. You’d have another 18 million people in poverty. — Michael Moore

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

When you stick to the path of Truth and Righteousness, pain and poverty haunt you. But they are only clouds passing through the sky, hiding for a little time, the splendor of the Sun. — Sathya Baba

The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still. — Billy Sunday

Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn’t trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity. — Jim Carrey

The new millennium began with a great global dream. World leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 and adopted, among others, a historic goal to reduce poverty by half by 2015. Never in human history had such a bold goal been adopted by the entire world in one voice, one that specified time and size. — Muhammad Yunus

Honduras was the original ‘banana republic,’ and its poverty remains extreme. — Elliott Abrams

The Right insists that anyone can escape poverty by working hard but that is simply not the case. — Henry Louis Gates

That made me feel good, not to go to a resort where outside the door is extreme poverty — Jasmine Guy

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. — Anatole France

Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in bearing it. — Jean Paul

Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable. — Anthony Trollope

I have been poor and I wanted to document poverty; I had lost a child and I was obsessed with birth; I was interested in politics and I wanted to know how it affected our lives; I am a woman and I wanted to know about women. — Eve Arnold

We don’t have any confidence in anything he might propose here, whatever it is will only prolong hunger, poverty and death in Latin America . — Juan Gonzalez

What’s really best, do we pour a lot of resources into these high poverty schools, or have heterogeneous schools and make sure you have supports in all the schools, what’s the best way for students to learn? — Jeanne Collins

Poverty-fighting programs are not handouts – they are investments. — Irwin Redlener

We believe that economic development subsidies for job creation — if they are serious about reducing poverty — must be better integrated with public transit. These projects demonstrate many ways that localities are making that connection. — Greg LeRoy

Though I knew that poverty certainly didn’t buy happiness, I wasn’t convinced that money did, either. — Pico Iyer

The hard part that I had to go through in life, period, is living in poverty and not being able to get what I want. — Derrick Rose

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred. — John W. Gardner

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty. — Lyndon B. Johnson

What’s most tragic is that this denial of basic education leads to over 1 million unnecessary child and maternal deaths a year. Moreover, children who have never seen the inside of a classroom are precisely those that face the most acute poverty, and should be the prime target of the international community if it is at all serious about realizing the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals of halving extreme poverty by 2015. — David Archer

He is now rising from affluence to poverty. — Mark Twain

I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable. — Albert Camus

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